In the ultimate story of love and hate one man was torn between two lives as he watched the shores of the mighty world get swept away in a swift act of fate. With only destiny on his side to return home, he pushed on and tried to leave the life he had lived for so long. In order to achieve his destiny Odysseus had to first achieve loyalty, overcome temptation, and take revenge upon his enemies. Plagued by constant attacks of self-doubt and reinforced by guile, Odysseus conquered what became to be known as a one of the greatest odyssey’s ever written.
Love is a strong bond that is shared between two people. In The Odyssey not even time and war could separate the bond that Odysseus and Penelope had created for themselves. Even though they were apart for 20 years they were still able to keep that bond alive. When suitors surrounded Penelope offering her gifts and asking for her hand in marriage she stayed faithful and when Odysseus was on his 20 year Odyssey he stayed faithful just the same. Odysseus' faithfulness with Penelope is shown in this quotation when he is trapped on Calypso's island,
"High-born son of Laerties, ready Odysseus, do you wish to go at once home to your native land? Farewell, then, even so! But if at heart you knew how many woes your heart must endure before you reach that native land, you would remain with me, become the guardian of my home, and be immortal, spite of your wish to see your wife, whom you are always longing for day after day. Yet not inferior to her I count myself, either in form or stature. Surely it is not likely that mortal women rival the immortals in form and beauty"(49).
Wherever Odysseus goes he is constantly surrounded by love....
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